OpenBSD 6.7 artwork by Jonni Phillips

Hello again, everyone! Time for another blog post, this time about a new release of OpenBSD which came out on Tuesday, 2020-05-19. On this date, version 6.7 was unleashed to the world, bringing with it FFS2 as the default filesystem for most architectures, several SMP improvements, new and improved drivers and improved ARM CPU support. You can read more about it here.

And, as is always the case with an OpenBSD release, there’s some new artwork, this time by artist Jonni Phillips, and it’s definitely a sign of the times. It’s called “Coral Fever”.

“Coral Fever” by Jonni Phillips

So, how is OpenBSD 6.7? Great, actually! Though I had been running what would be 6.7-release for a while now since I run the -current snapshots, I had to redo my installation on the Toshiba Portege M400 in order to get the goodness of FFS2. Everything seems to be quite stable as it has always been, so I’m quite happy.

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to share this time. If you want to give it a try, be sure to download it from the OpenBSD website and either get it on some hardware or in a virtual machine. Have fun!

new main who dis?

May 18, 2020

Screenshot at 2020-05-18 12-49-30

Screenshot of my new Mastodon account.

Hello everyone!  I thought I’d post an update after nearly 2 months since my last one (such is life in “the time of plague” 😛 ).

Well, everyone here is doing well and keeping safe as we continue with “safer at home” orders, though most of those orders have likely been lifted by now.  Things have somewhat returned to normal (which means I’m seeing more availability of toilet paper than before), but with a “new” normal.  People are still physically distancing and wearing masks, especially when going to stores where maintaining physical distance is difficult.  Some stores are doing their best to abide by the rules, others show that they obviously don’t care and just barely doing the minimum requirements so as not to get shut down.  I’m now working from home with occasional visits to my sites upon request to my supervisors, so that’s a good thing.  Once we get the green light to return to our sites, I’m sure I’ll have even more work to tend to.

Aside from that, the other new normal is that I’ve migrated from mastodon.xyz over to SDF’s Mastodon instance, mastodon.sdf.org.  I’ve got all the aliases squared away as of this morning and all my followers were migrated over successfully for the most part.  I’ve also updated the “About” page on my blog to reflect this change.  Really excited to be a part of the SDF Mastodon experience now that I’m quite active on SDF itself, and it really fits the kind of person I am.  Thus, mastodon.sdf.org is my new home. 🙂

In the spirit of SDF, I’ve also pulled out some old computers from storage and have revived one of them (you might notice it in the image above for this blog post).  It is now the computer I use to connect to the SDF Public Access UNIX System during certain DJ shows on aNONradio to chat with other SDFers.  I’ll detail my adventure with that computer in an upcoming blog post.

That’s going to be it for now.  Be well and stay safe!

…AND WASH YOUR HANDS! 😀